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8 Potential Groin Redness Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Non - Specific Groin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific groin rash:
    groin redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Groin

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin redness, groin itch, scabbed area of the groin
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the groin:
    groin redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)

    Tinea cruris is a common fungal infection of the skin in the groin area. It can cause ring-shaped redness, and sometimes itching or pain.

    With treatment the rash should be gone within 2-3 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    groin redness, groin itch, scabbed area of the groin, rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with jock itch (tinea cruris):
    groin redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, groin pain, groin redness, painful groin swelling, groin injury
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    groin redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, penile redness, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penis itch, penile redness, scrotal itch, groin itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Lymphangitis

    The lymphatic system is a series of vessels, similar to the veins and arteries of the circulatory system, that carry fluid important for the function of the immune system. Lymphangitis is infection or inflammation of these lymphatic vessels.

    With treatment, the swelling may take weeks or months to resolve completely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, chills, painful lump in one side of the groin, groin redness
    Symptoms that always occur with lymphangitis:
    painful lump in one side of the groin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Groin

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the groin:
    skin changes of the groin or genitalia
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Groin Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?

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Groin Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced groin redness have also experienced:

    • 7% Groin Itch
    • 5% Groin Pain
    • 3% Vaginal Itch or Burning
  • People who have experienced groin redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 29% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced groin redness were most often matched with:

    • 48% Non - Specific Groin Rash
    • 32% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Groin
    • 19% Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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